Cook Co. Jail locked down on 'credible information' of gun
Friday, July 09, 2010
by Sun Times Media Wire
“Credible information” indicating a gun may have been smuggled in by
a visitor or employee to a maximum security facility housing violent
criminals Thursday has prompted a lockdown at all ten divisions of Cook
County Jail on the Southwest Side.
About 6:30 p.m. Thursday, the
Cook County Sheriff’s office received “credible information” that
indicated a gun may be inside Division 10 of the jail, 3015 S.
California Ave., which is the maximum security facility housing 736
male inmates charged with violent crimes, spokesman Steve Patterson
Patterson would not disclose where the information
came from, but it has been noted as a “credible source.”
is believed to have been brought in sometime Thursday by a visitor
or employee, and although no one is arrested in connection to the case,
officials are interviewing visitors, employees and inmates, Patterson
As of early Friday, authorities are going “inch by
and cell by cell in Division 10 to look for the gun. The hallways,
tiers, and common areas of the jail are also being searched, Patterson
said. Inmates were being taken to a secure facility in the basement or
a gymnasium as their cells are examined.
started about 9:30 p.m. Thursday and as of 5 a.m. Friday, 1/3rd of
Division 10 had been combed, according to a release from the sheriff’s
office. New officers may be brought in to continue the search to avoid
“At this point, we are actively in Division 10,
to find the weapon and trying to secure it before anyone is injured,”
No one was injured or being held hostage
and a previous report of an attempted inmate escape is false, Patterson
ten divisions of the jail, housing a total of about 9,000 inmates are
locked down until further notice, and no one will be allowed in or out.
The lockdown that “stopped all movement” in the jail started at 7:15
The lockdown is expected to lift gradually as the day
on, but Division 10 is expected to remain closed for an extended
period. With no timeline for the jail to reopen, Patterson said it
could take days.
People in the lobby at the time were
as the 80 or so people in the bonding out process -- which takes about
two hours -- when the incident first happened were held until about
12:45 a.m. Friday, when they were discharged, Patterson said. All 80
were searched, interviewed and investigated before they were released.
walks through jail doors is subjected to a metal detector screening
and a pat down, according to Patterson who said they are trying to
determine how something like this could have occurred.
units -- the Hostage, Barricade and Terrorism Team, Emergency
Response Team, and the Criminal Intelligence Unit are on the scene
investigating, Patterson said.
The HBT and ERT are the equivalent
of SWAT teams, while the CIU is a group based at the jail that
investigates crimes within, the release said.